Category: Game Recap

Sweet Victory

Today was a great day for Padres baseball.

Entirely because we got the sweet victory of defeating Tim Lincecum and the Giants.

It all started in the top of the first where the Padres got three singles and a sacrifice fly to score two runs.

Clayton Richard started the game for the Padres and went just long enough to get the win, five innings with no runs allowed. Ernesto Frieri unfortunately allowed two runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the Giants from 3-0 to 3-2. Josh Spence, Chad Qualls, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell also pitched, with no damage done until Heath made things very interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Overall, a very solid day on the pitching side.

Our offense wasn’t too shabby either. We had 11 hits in this game. Every player in the starting lineup had a hit, and Will Venable and Jason Barlett had two. Will hit a big insurance-run homer in the top of the ninth.  

So we won, 5-3! It was so sweet. So so so sweet. Especially handing Lincecum the loss, that was probably the best part. I mean, these guys have always kind of been our rivals since they’re in our division, but they instantly became hated in the eyes of Padres fans because of what happened last season. That was our division. We had the NL West all season, and the stupid Giants swooped in and stole in right out of our hands and went on the win the World Series. I hate the Giants.

This four-game series is pretty important. I’d say that we need to win it to have any hope for our season, from a game perspective and from a front office perspective.

Let’s do this.

I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July!!







This time, the Padres’ pitching comes out on top

Tonight’s game was almost exactly what happened to the Padres last night, but with one tiny difference: we scored a run.

The starting pitcher for the Mariners, Doug Fister, threw nine innings, just like Jason Vargas did the night before. He allowed six hits, one run, and one walk with seven strikeouts. But it was that one walk that was the key to this game.

Cameron Maybin received that walk in the top of the fifth inning with one out. Apparently there were only three balls in that walk though, so the Padres really caught a break. But anyways, soon after, Alberto Gonzalez singled him in for our first and only run.

On the other side of the mound, Cory Luebke was outstanding for the Padres. He threw six innings, only allowing two hits with seven strikeouts. And those two hits were the only ones that the Mariners got in the entire game. It was fantastic!

Chad Qualls, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell threw the last few innings after Cory and held the Mariners to absolutely nothing. Really solid game.

I’m so glad that the boys got the win tonight. Now hopefully we’ll be able to get the series win tomorrow!



Momentum actually works!!

AHHHH!! Last night’s game was amazing!!

We totally exploded and scored a ton of runs – at Petco Park! I guess the confidence booster from the Red Sox series was pretty legitimate.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the score was 5-2 Padres. The Braves had just scored those two runs in the top of the inning on a two-run homer by Freddie Freeman.

Then suddenly, we got on a roll. With one out, Orlando Hudson singled, setting up a Ryan Ludwick double to score the first run of the inning. Then Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked (mistake), giving Cameron Maybin the opportunity to triple in two runs. An out later, Alberto Gonzalez got on base with an error, which also allowed Maybin to score. Jesus Guzman then hit his first major league home run to give us our 11th run of the game.

It was so great. I was pretty much staring at my computer going, another hit? Another run? Wow!

Such a good game. Tim Stauffer had a great start, and Pat Neshek did well. And then Josh Spence made his major league debut by going 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Congrats, Josh, and welcome to the majors.

I’m really happy that Anthony had a good game. I was starting to get a little worried about him, but he finally had a big game last night. Two hits, including a double, three runs scored, and one walk.

It was just an amazing game. It felt so good to win by such a large margin, and to have so many fabulous contributions from so many different guys.

On a side note, Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a grand slam for the Sacramento River Cats last night! Yay!!!!

Dustin Moseley is going tonight. Hopefully the momentum will carry once again.


At least Adrian’s having fun…

Orlando Hudson beats out the throw at first in Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

You know that thing I was saying about the Padres having no chance against Interleague teams?

Check out the score tonight from the first game in the Boston Red Sox series: 14-5 Red Sox. We gave up an unearthly amount of runs in the bottom of the seventh. It was one of the most horrible innings we’ve had all year. Four pitchers threw in the inning, all of them doing badly. We gave up four walks, hit two batters, and gave up five hits while allowing 10 runs.

It stunk. But not only did this game hurt like any other loss, but it was hard to see how well Adrian Gonzalez is doing…especially against us. Don’t get me wrong, I am so happy for Adrian and that he is in a place where he’s more appreciated and where he can play in that tiny park called Fenway. But really, does he have to go 3-for-5 with three RBIs the first game he faces his former team??

The player who really deserves credit for keeping us in the game at least a little is Orlando Hudson. With the score 3-0 Red Sox in the sixth, Hudson hit a huge three-run homer to tie the game. It didn’t last long, but at least we got a little closer than we had been before.

Chase Headley had a big game as well, going 4-for-5. You get the feeling that he’d do great in a smaller stadium like Adrian is. Surprisingly, I haven’t heard any trade rumors about him. He’s been doing really, really well for us. I wonder why we haven’t heard anything about him getting traded. We’ve heard the Heath stuff, but nothing on Chase. Weird.

Anyway, it was a sad game. Most likely, we won’t get a win in this series, but I guess that’s okay. At least we’re losing to a worthy team.

But tomorrow’s pitching matchup is going to be great. Mat Latos vs. Josh Beckett. I’m so excited!!


Naturally, we got swept.

The Padres just got swept by the Minnesota Twins. Not a surprise at all. Just really annoying.

First off, I wanted to let you all know that I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth. I just graduated from high school yesterday, so the past week has been absolutely crazy and I had barely any time to listen to the Padres games, much less write about them. There wasn’t  much to tell about the games anyway other than what you already know, which is that we are a really bad team.

The thing that drives me absolutely nuts, though, is the hard fact that the Padres have absolutely no chance against any American League teams. You already knew that we don’t have much of a chance against any average team, but it’s even worse with Interleague.

And guess who we get to play next? The Boston Red Sox! They are leading their division, so I predict a second sweep on the road. I would be really surprised if we got a win against the Red Sox in their stadium.

But I’m totally excited about this series. This is first time the Padres are playing the Red Sox since the Red Sox became my second favorite team. I’m excited about playing them in Fenway and seeing how Adrian is doing. I think all Padres fans miss that guy, but I’m really thankful that he’s getting the credit he’s deserved for so long.

This is old news by now, but the Padres have announced Trevor Hoffman’s retirement ceremony for August 21st after the game. I am so excited!!!!! I bought tickets right after I heard about it, and I seriously can’t wait. It’s going to be an amazing event. I’m sure that I’m going to cry.

Oh my goodness. The second game against the Red Sox is going to be an epic matchup: Mat Latos vs. Josh Beckett. Beckett is definitely one of my favorite pitchers in baseball. That is going to be a great game.


Rizzo solid, but team falters

Wow. What a weekend.

With all the Rizzomania this weekend, it’s easy to see how the Padres’ pathetic performance again might be swept under the rug. I personally don’t want to talk about the series when you can talk about Rizzo, but it is really really sad that we lost three out of four games to the Washington Nationals. We had hundreds of chances, leaving the bases loaded every two seconds, but you know the Padres: they can never come through.

Rizzo is an extremely bright spot, but though the Padres won the first game that he played with us, they went on to lose the next three. Anthony certainly contributed a lot, but it was an individual effort. He’s currently hitting .300 with three hits in 10 at-bats. He’s also been walked five times, which I think is great. When I was at Friday’s game, it was really funny because I looked at the scoreboard late in the game, and Anthony only had two official at-bats because of how many times he had been walked!

He’s definitely been making an impact, though he has been in a few situations where he couldn’t come through with the big hit. Nobody on this team can, really. But I think that’s good for him to experience so that he knows that he won’t be able to be the hero with every at-bat.

Anyway, I had a great time at Friday’s game. Even though we lost 2-1 (WHICH STUNK!!!!), it was still a really enjoyable night out at the ballpark. My family and I sat in right field for the first time, which was really nice. We got a 50% off deal, which helped a lot. I liked it out there.

Before the game, my brother and I joined a bunch of kids down by the field to wait for Anthony Rizzo to sign autographs. I got Chris Denorfia’s autograph almost right away, but when Rizzo finally came over, he barely signed anything before he had to go get ready for the game. I guess it made sense because it was about 7 p.m., but still, it was kind of disappointing not to get his autograph. Oh well.

Then after the game, a handful of players gave their testimonies, since it was Faith and Fellowship Night. It was such a great encouragement. All too often, athletes are hypocritical and not at all who we think they are, so it was really refreshing to hear some players be vulnerable and real. Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, Heath Bell, Dustin Moseley, Rob Johnson, and Ernesto Frieri (though he didn’t speak) all participated. Also there was bullpen catcher Mark Merila, former Padre Dave Dravecky, and former Charger Miles McPherson. Really a great event.

I hope my boys can have some better success against the Rockies. You know, after Thursday’s game, I actually thought that there might be hope for this team. But I just don’t know what to do with them anymore. Sigh.


Anthony Rizzo ♥

Anthony. Rizzo. Is. Amazing.

Anthony Rizzo in his first Major League at-bat. (Channel 4SD)

You would not believe how excited I am about this kid. I got to watch the entirety of last night’s game on TV, which is actually very rare for me. And my goodness, I am so thankful that I got to see it all.

Anthony did not disappoint. His first at-bat ended in a called strike, but the strike zone was a little iffy all night. But in his second at-bat, he hit a triple!!!!! It was so great. His next two at-bats were walks, which was great because it showed his patience at the plate and that he’ll contribute in little ways. I was so impressed by him, in everything really: his presence on the field, his defense and plate discipline, and the way he carried himself in the countless interviews that he did. It was incredible.

I am even more excited than ever that my family and I decided to go to tonight’s game a week ago. We had no idea that we would get to see Anthony’s second major league game, but here we are. I’m just so excited to see Anthony and to see the whole team really. We had one of the best games of the year last night. We got ten hits, and really dominated the Nationals. There’s soo much energy around Padres baseball right now, I can’t wait to experience it tonight.

Speaking of which, there’d better be a ton of fans out there tonight. Last night there were only 16,000. Which is pathetic even for a normal weekday game. But I expected a lot more people to be out there to see Rizzo. It was strange. But tonight, you’ve got Party in the Park, Salute to the Negro Leagues, Fellowship Night, and Anthony Rizzo. Oh yeah, and Mat Latos too. If you can, get out to the game tonight. Yes, Rizzo is for real. Just get out there and go see him already!!

Yesterday was a good day for Padres fans. Worth trading Adrian away? Maybe. Probably. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but I can say that I like this spark of energy. Anthony is helping to give the Padres life, and that’s something that we desperately need.

I haven’t been this excited about Padres baseball in a long time.